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Forward Pinellas approves “complete streets” program

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Forward Pinellas board members approved a “complete streets” program Wednesday and a pilot project to show how it will work. The pilot project will focus on West Bay Drive between the Clearwater-Largo Road and the bridge leading from Belleair Bluffs to the beaches. The goal will be to develop a concept that would eventually transform that stretch of road from one inhospitable to pedestrians and bicyclists into one that’s safe and inviting for cars, pedestrians, bicycles and other forms of…

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Metropolitan Planning Organization, Pinellas Planning Council are now Forward Pinellas

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Consider it a marriage of convenience, of sorts. In 2014, a special act of the Florida Legislature combined the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Pinellas Planning Council into a single entity with a 13-member governing board of elected officials representing the different communities in Pinellas County. After extensive consideration about its mission, role and responsibilities, the organization has been officially rebranded as Forward Pinellas. As a transportation planning organization, Forward Pinellas’ identity conveys motion, with a focus on helping…

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Regionalism is bar to transportation accessibility, Forward Pinellas director says

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Contrary to popular belief, Pinellas is not a “built out” county but one that has plenty of room for growth, according to one local transportation expert. “We have a lot of capacity for redevelopment,” Whit Blanton told the audience at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club on Friday. Blanton is executive director of Forward Pinellas, the new name for the organization formed by the merger of the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council. Pinellas has the potential to add…

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Water transport seen as solution to traffic congestion on Pinellas beaches

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It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has ever driven along Gulf Boulevard that traffic congestion is seen as a major problem on Pinellas’ beaches. Traffic congestion, especially on the weekends and during tourist season, has been a long-standing issue for the beach communities and has had officials often scratching their heads in a search for a solution. But recently, the search has drifted away from the roadways to the water, specifically the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. The idea of waterborne…

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Pinellas adopts new, long-awaited Countywide Plan

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After five years of polishing, Pinellas County’s new Countywide Plan (CWP) has finally become a reality. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the new CWP at their Aug. 4 regular meeting. The updated plan contains new strategies and rules, as well as a new map. Its creation was made possible by Florida’s “Special Act,” which, since being passed by the Legislature in 2012, provides for a onetime repeal and replacement of the county’s existing CWP. Guidelines for the Special act’s…

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